Stay up-to-date on manufacturing innovation issues -- including news, trends and best practices in R&D, process improvement, product development and intellectual-property protection. Also, learn how to incorporate the latest materials, innovative technologies (e.g., nanotechnology) and design strategies (e.g., design for manufacturing, or DFM) into your manufacturing operations.


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Growth Strategies

Breakthrough or Expensive Dud? What Product-Centric Design Can Teach Us

June 23, 2022
A passion for serving customers must be balanced with reasoned considerations of what is best for customers and the company, particularly over the long term.
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Companies & Executives

Boeing Starliner Crewed Mission Postponed Shortly Before Launch

May 7, 2024
The attempt was scrubbed because engineers noticed audible buzzing from a liquid oxygen relief valve on the Atlas V rocket meant to propel the capsule into orbit.
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Boeing's Starliner Set for First Crewed Mission to ISS, in Key Test

May 6, 2024
The Starliner will launch at 10:34 pm Monday carrying two astronauts to the ISS.
Corporate Culture

When Ideation Is a Waste of Time

April 19, 2022
Without a vision, the first step in the innovation process will be all over the place.
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Biden's Budget, Building Boom and Intergenerational Innovation: IW's Weekly Reads

April 1, 2022
Catch up with the most-read content on over the past seven days.
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Alcoa Details Possible $600M in R&D Spending Plans Through ‘24

Jan. 20, 2022
The company is working on zero-carbon smelting and scrap recycling processes, among other things.
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Companies and governments fund innovation in early stages and close to deployment. But, paying for the middle part of technological development remains challenging.

Outlook 2022: Innovation Funding Urgency Grows

Dec. 30, 2021
Innovation has become more critical during the pandemic, and properly funding industrial projects will be key to future development.
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Emerging Technologies

New Process Could Bring Rare-Earth Relief

Dec. 23, 2021
‘Selective separation,’ now in development at MIT, has potential to alleviate critical metals shortages.
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Growth Strategies

Small Manufacturers Win with a Startup Mindset

Dec. 17, 2021
A look at three companies that succeeded at innovation by reframing how they think about risks.